India wildlife and culture tour, Rajasthan

“Journey by rail, road and air on an 18 day tailor made tour of Rajasthan that incorporates key cultural sites and wildlife reserves from Delhi to Mumbai.”

Highlights

Delhi | Agra | Taj Mahal | Fatehpur Sikri | Bharatpur | Keoladao National Park | Jodhpur | Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary | Aravali mountain range | Ellora | Mumbai |

Description of India wildlife and culture tour, Rajasthan

Spend 18 days discovering the wildlife and culture of India on this remarkable tailor made tour that takes travellers into the sanctuaries and national parks of Rajasthan where jungles and mountains form an indelible backdrop for a Jeep safari.

From the importance that animals play within Indiaís cultural heritage to the thrill of tracking footprints in the jungle, this wildlife and culture tour of Rajasthan will leave travellers in no uncertain terms as to the relevance of the natural world and the part it plays in everything India holds dear.

With numerous national parks and hundreds of wildlife sanctuaries, this 18 day tailor made tour really lifts the lid on the wild side of Rajasthan with overnight campsites in the jungle and visits to ancient temples, such as Jain Temple, providing a unique glimpse at Indiaís natural and cultural heritage.

With a huge range of influences, including Hindi, Islamic and European, a tour of Rajasthan leads you from Delhi to Mumbai via Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary for a series of classic and lesser-known sites to help you thread together the regionís natural and cultural history on a tour to truly savour.

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Environment

Accommodation in Keoladao National Park is a small lodge dedicated to wildlife and birding situated at the edge of National Park. The owner of lodge is totally dedicated to Wildlife and Environment, the lodge is had its own guide line to protect Environment, they use solar energy, plastic is totally banned, they use sustainable fire wood for water boiler and they supply hot water in bucket to guest. In Keoladao National Park we conduct your two safaris by bicycle rickshaw and naturalist is accompanying you on bicycle.

We have developed two Eco-friendly camp-sites. Camp-sites are situated inside the sanctuary jungle core with three well locally furnish cottages and four luxury tents. For both place access to the camp-sites is thirty to forty minutes by Camel cart from the nearest village of Dhawla and Sena. Luxury locally furnished safari camp-site with running water, bathrooms, solar electricity are available, we provide oil lamps in rooms and we recycle our water, Water harvesting system is there, proper management of waste. We donít use any electronic equipment in our camp-sites; necessary equipments are made locally and operating manually.

Community

All Monuments and temples visit by our guest had entry charges which is use for preservation and restore these cultural sights. Our itinerary covers few villages like Dhawala and Leta where traveller able to experience and see the Shepherd home, there storage of grains and their culture, they also visit the families who made the Galicha (Carpet) and Khesala (use as a blanket) weaving by using Sheep and goat hair.

We help local craftsmen to demonstrate their craft work directly to the guest by doing this they will get paid fair price of their work. We support by taking our guests to small scale business run by locals from their homes like Woollen Handicraft -Khesla, Dari, Patte, Galicha(Carpets) Within a circle of 5 kilometres of Leta village, nearly 100 families are employed in this type of handwork and it is run as a family business. They make woollen blankets known as Khesala and Pattu weaving in the local area. Village Leta's Khesala is famous in the whole of Marwar region.

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Reviewed on 01 Mar 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We were lucky to get close up to tigers in Ranthambore, we enjoyed exploring magnificent buildings and admiring superb craftsmanship. In rural Rajasthan we saw wonderful countryside and wildlife but some of the most memorable things were spontaneous events and interaction with people.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Trust the tour operator to work in your best interest. Be flexible, try new things, interact with people; if there is something you particularly want to do - ask. On a practical level a dust mask or scarf may be useful, and take a large memory card for all those photos. Try a few words of Hindi!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, very definitely. Most of the accommodation used was family run, employing local people, especially in the more rural areas. Meals were usually made from very local produce. There was opportunity to purchase locally made crafts, and to see artisans at work in the villages. Five of the places we stayed specifically supported wildlife conservation projects, replacing hunting of eg. leopard with eco tourism.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was one of the best holidays we have had, the organisation, attention to detail and thoughtfulness left us completely free to enjoy all the new experiences in a totally stress-free way. We learnt a lot about the culture of Rajasthan(ancient and modern) and also had great fun, lots of laughs and have come home with many many happy memories. Thank you.

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


In our 3 weeks we had so many highlights -Delhi a very intense city - a person in our group called it --compressed humanity---walk through the spice markets, the
kitchen at a Sikh Temple where they feed the poor -you can help out. All the forts, temples & mosques are so very different because there are so many
different gods. A village lady who, as the goats were being brought in made us a cup of hot tea as soon as they were milked -very nice. Village children --all
want you to take their picture or have you be in theirs. A nights stay in the Princess Room at Roopangarh Fort -beautiful room & location --we were very
spoiled. Ajunta & Ellora caves -like nothing you've ever seen.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Challenge yourself to do something different. See the main sights but get off the regular tourist trail a bit & see some of the real India- at times it's confronting but there's always something different around the next corner. Try train travel it's not like on the TV -air-conditioned - sleepers - safe & secure.
We went in September -still a bit warm. Our tour operator said our next trip should be in October/November-a bit cooler. Try the local street food -your guide knows where it's good to eat -5 of us the trip & nobody got Delhi belly or anything like that. Our guides told us about Indian people- how they live, eat, pray, their schooling, history, arranged marriages - a lot of information. We flew into Delhi -train to Agra then driving over about 2 weeks to Udaipur -fly to Mumbai then overnight sleeper to Aurangobad for the Ellora & Adjunta caves & then fly out of Mumbai.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Our guides took us to small villages off the beaten track. We saw the local hand manufacture of clothing, rugs, mortar & pestles, brightly coloured ribbons,
sesame oil, bangles & much more & we went home with our bags full. We bought pens & exercise books & took them to a local school in Roopangarh village, spent some time & learned how the children spend their school day. The conservation work being done by Ravi Ji at Jagnath Wildlife Safari refuge in
Dhawla Village is commendable & the night drive through the wilderness was very rewarding. We also were guests of Pushpendra & his team at the Varawal
Leopard camp. His passion & knowledge of the local Leopards -where to see them, what their habits are, how they move around & their population growth
was exemplary.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This trip was so good we will be going back. We are Australians -we have 24 million people -in total. Mumbai has 22 million in one city. Our land mass is
twice that of India.

Our tour operator did an exceptional job of looking after the 5 of us -their organisation was flawless. We changed the itinerary a few times & they were
more than happy to do that We went on an affordable trip - if it's 3 or 5 star accommodation no matter where the care & experience will be the same ---
unforgettable.

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